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SOME POINTS OF CONTENTION IN THE DIFFERENT DENOMINATIONS

Posted by tawodi on July 25, 2007


As I have studied over the years many things have reared their fuzzy little heads as deal breakers,  so to speak,  between the people of different denominations of the Christian faith. There are many bones of contention and I got to thinking that I might as well state my case as to what I believe and what I teach and why I teach it.

Some of these things are pretty big issues …..so here goes. 

What is arguably the biggest is the triune God head which has been taught since the first Nicean conference about 385 A.D. the original argument began before then but it was codified then and forevermore. Since the advent of the protestant movement with the Bible freely studied it is a wonder to me why corrections have not been made.

No where in scripture is there a God in three PERSONS stipulated,  alluded to,  or even suggested. This concept is pagan in origin and wrong. Scripture says there is God the father..none before Him,  none above Him,  none equal to Him,  he does not beget.  He is the alpha and the Omega,  or the beginning and the end,  of all things. Every thing in Heaven and earth belongs to Him,  has it’s existance from him,  and He is the author of all life.

In the beginning was the word and the word became flesh……..Refering of course to Jesus.

Mary was blessed above all women set aside by God to give birth to Jesus as a virgin. This was to set Jesus aside from ALL men forevermore as the Annointed Messiah or the Christ, the son of God. Jesus rules at the right hand of God only that which God gives Him to rule,  on earth and in heaven. Earth was created for him for this purpose. We must NEVER forget that this creation is Christocentric and this has become lost in the mists of time and from mens minds.

After the crucifixion, Jesus promised his disciples He would send a comforter in the form of the Holy spirit.  He stated plainly that it would be given to them from the Father. He did NOT say it would be a separate being that was part of the God head. He said it would descend from the Father,  Meaning of course the Holy spirit of God which binds all livng things together as scripture teaches . Jesus said that they would be given all they needed to know by the spirit and they were, beginning of course at Pentacost, When up to five hundred were touched by the spirit after Peter laid hands on them and baptised them in the spirit.

SOOOOO    we have God the father of all life,  Jesus,  the son of God,  who rules that which God gives Him to rule,  and the Holy spirit from God on high,  that binds us all in the faith and to God and His son Jesus Christ .

The next BIG stumbling block is the rock of the church or the cornerstone. The confusion comes from the punctuation in the Bible of all things. let’s start at the beginning.

Jesus is addressing the apostles at Galilee and asks them “Who do the people say that I am?” The apostles answer “Some say you are Elijah, some say you are John the Baptist, some say you are a great prophet.”  Jesus then asks “Who do YOU say that I am?”  And Simon ever the impetous one blurts out………” You are the Christ,the Son of the Living God!”

And here comes the part in question,  Jesus’  reply…..”Blessed are you, Simon bar Jonah, it is not flesh and blood that has told you this but my Father in Heaven. I shall call you Peter and, Upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell Shall not prevail against it!”

A close exigitical examination of the two words “and”   with the placement of the commas is critical to understanding exactly what was said!!!   Jesus did NOT say He was buliding His church on the rock known as Peter, he at that time was far from being a rock. As a matter of fact would deny Christ three times after Jesus’ illegal trial in the Sanhedrin remember that small fact??  What Jesus actually said was He would build his church on the fact that He WAS THE CHRIST THE ANNOINTED MESSIAH AND THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD!!!

As they used to say in the old country…..oops!  What may be called a slight misunderstanding wouldn’t you agree…..or perhaps you wouldn’t agree………

Jesus did forgive Peter on the beach when he met them there after a nights fruitless fishing and first asked Peter …..”Peter do you love me?” three times in slightly different terms and the third time it is clear that He is forgiving Peter for denying Him on the night of the trial.

The brother of Jesus,  James,  was the head of the Jeruselem Church and Peter was one of the missionaries,  as was Paul.

Did you ever wonder about the status of Paul and why his writings are given so much credence in the company of the other Apostles??

Do you remember the disciple meeting to replace a disciple for the now dead Judas Iscariot?? They elected Mathias didn’t they, that brought the number back to twelve didn’t it??  Who appointed Saul of Tarsus??  Sent Annanias to him,  to teach him and Baptise him,  and through visions instructed him in his mission and ministry? Which has become the arbiter of understanding between Judaism and Christianity,  from time out of mind,  before evil men corrupted the teachings and created neat little things like pogroms and the holocaust with their misplaced hatred of the Jews???

Figure it out yet???   Give up???    JESUS DID!!!!              Remember the Damascus road and what happened to Saul as he went to persecute more followers of Christ??  Jesus stepped in and converted him and gave him the mission that has shaped Christianity more then any one person in history!!

Consider these things when you think about the supposed infalibility of a man who other men appoint the Pope.

Think of these things when you consider many things in the future as we discuss more to come in the weeks ahead and you will learn what it is I believe and more importantly why……because it’s in the scripture that’s why.

Be well all Be safe…………………Rev.    Bruce………………………………………………………..Tawodi

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KIDS AND WHAT DO WE TELL THEM ??

Posted by tawodi on July 15, 2007


O.K.  It’s been awhile since I’ve written in this category…..There’s a reason for that!

I’m sometimes terrified to do so !!  I know it shouldn’t be so hard but to actually put it down in writing and the way some take every thing you say to heart scares me when it’s kids that are involved.  Then I had a revelation….get over yourself!!!

I like many over the years have seen so many “did you know”  articles written breathlessly about the damage we can do our kids if we…..fill in the blank.  The next thing you see is a rash of home grown idiots who in attempting to follow said advice screw it up so badly the results are unrecognisable as what was written. In the military there is a term for this F.U.B.A.R.  f’d up beyond all recognition. A strangly apt description of portions of my life and I daresay,  many others as well.

And then,  as I said,  I realised I had to get over myself.. if somebody is actively looking for advice of this nature it at least shows they can read, they are searching and they will be somwhat judicious in what they do with it!!

Now to start,  the first story is funny. About six years ago my daughter now twelve,  shortly after lunch one day asked my wife and I,  daddy,”  When was God here? ”  I looked at my wife and she at me and then asked,  ” why do you ask?”  She pointed at the door, and here it was terribly difficult not to crack up in insane laughter.

On the door was one of those signs you get from your church on any random Sunday , it had been up for a week or so and this is what it said….Good morning, .This is God,  I will be handling all your problems today,  I will not need your help, have a nice day……….

Before you ask,  yes she really believed God had put it there,  well,  we told her where it came from and when and explained the thought behind it,  as a sort of reminder that God IS always with us and if we listen we will very often hear his council in our daily lives, to help us with our problems,  indeed,  many times solve them for us,  when we don’t have a clue what to do.

As she is now a TWEENAGER she is beginning to have difficulty with issues like this,  especially when you consider the daily deluge from the death tube that you and I,  as parents,  are full of crap,  square as bricks,  just as intelligent,  if not an actual joke as people and they can get all their answers from youtube and M.T.V. as well as nicklodeon T.V. and heaven forfend Disney channel. Of course if you let your kids watch that crap on a continual basis you get exactly what you deserve….sorry about that!!!

NEXT NOT SO FUNNY QUESTION….. Dad do you still believe as you once did,  when you told ME all this stuff about God ??  My friends are really raggin’ on me something fierce and I don’t know what to do about it!!  My gut response to this question is and always has been. ” Well,  tell them to stuff themselves up their own butt!!”  A somewhat less than caring comment for a preacher,  no??  Well I figured that the CARING response should be ” Honey, anyone who truly likes you will see you are happy and that will be good enough for them. ” ” The ones who don’t really care about YOU will always rag on you,  to be what they think you should be,  so they can have your approval for the things they know in their hearts,   are truly wrong.”

“Dad, why do you always seem to think it is so easy,  to do the right thing no matter what somebody says?”

DARLING DAUGHTER MINE;  Where the Devil did you ever get the idea that it’s Easy!!??!!  Being true to the truth and yourself is the toughest thing in life you will ever do. The love that God has for us,  is not the only thing that makes  it possible,  people CAN have good character if they work very hard for it,  but,  and this is a big BUT,  We as people of God,  have in our hearts the holy Spirit,  that never lets us doubt the correct course to take,  if we but listen.

Now we come to the crux of the matter. How do we listen??  When do we listen??  Where do we listen??  What do we listen to??  Why do we listen?? When we’re not sure we are listening the right way.  or to the right thing, who do we ask??

As a parent I hope you have counselled your kids to NEVER listen to their friend when the chips are down….oooooh how can I SAY that !! Well that’s easy to answer,  their friends have little skulls full of mush,  just like they do,  WHAT DO THEY KNOW???  As I raised my older kids and this one,  I always stressed this and usually about the age she is now,  she has had about ten examples of how they don’t know their butt from their elbow!!  At least any more than she does!!  there is no one who will care for you more than your own family,  NO ONE!!  That is the primary lesson here,  we as a people,  have let the raising of our children go to the point that we stand there wringing our hands whining,  “It’s so hardddddd. ”  Like you boobs,  see on the Oprah show for your daily crying jag. Wake the hell up!!  This job is too important to leave to someone looking for ratings!!  These are YOUR kids and that’s what this little page in the middle of nowhere is what you came to read.  Or isn’t it?   Did you want something smarmy,  to make you feel better about yourself.   Or were you looking for the truth??  I’m sorry I don’t mean to offend anyone but it needs to be said.  The ultimate responsibility is yours,  there is no getting around that.  Too many say they didn’t know,  or they didn’t see,  bullfeathers!! Most of the time they weren’t looking!!  They were stuck in the death tube themselves ” Leave me alone right now,  I’m watching celebrity death match!!”  I’m sure that will be a great comfort to you when you get the phone call no one wants. God forbid!!

I don’t usually close on a down note and if you think about it I mean really THINK about it this is not such an ending you are or have at least read this far and there is only one reason for that.  It certainly isn’t because I have the answer to your life.  It is because YOU CARE and are searching for answers to help you find a way to bring up your children in what has become a very scary world out there. You ARE smart enough to do it!!  You ARE GOOD  enough to do it!!   SO DO IT!!

That’s the hard part self doubt but if you seek God in your life He WILL support you,  it will be hard at times,  we have bad things happen to us as Christians too,  but we have an edge,  the support of our God,  Jesus Christ and the fellowship of our Churches,  which is priceless in an insane world.

Have faith,  go with God,  be well and take care……Rev.  Bruce……………………………………………………..Tawodi

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THE NAMES OF GOD, WHO IS HE? WHAT IS HE??

Posted by tawodi on July 10, 2007


Today on Tawodi’s Hawks Nest  I discussed the names of God.  There is great controversy in the world today about just that especially in regard to the name Allah. In the exegitical language studies you will find the parralels to connect the dots so to speak and come to your own conclusions, as to who God is,  by His name and what God is,  by the descriptive terms we as humans use to try and comprehend,  the incomprehensible,  for the finite mind.

That is the crux of the matter,  we CANNOT comprehend the infinite,  all we can do is to excercise our sorry little minds and try to describe what we feel,  or sense of God,  as so many common men and prophets alike,  have done through the ages.

I will have to transcribe the show in it’s entirety for you and bring it here.  As well as invite you to go there and listen,  it is archived so you can listen whenever you want and you don’t have to do the whole hour at one sitting.  You can advance or return the listening control to where you turned off the show and catch the rest of it at your leisure.  ENJOY  and learn.

By the way we learned today just in the Hebrew scriptures there are 35 names of God in person and in comprehension of what He is!!  And what He does!!

So the next time someone tells you about the evil Muslims with the name,  Allah  which is al ( the )   ( Illah = God) or the way we see it today, Allah,  which means the One God, the everlasting, without end, constant and abiding…….sound familiar??

That’s all for now,  I’m going to go and start transcribing,  it will take a couple of days.

Be well take care …Rev. Bruce………………………………………………………………..Tawodi

P.S.   On God tube the two videos there are now in the news and the favorites section ………….WOW…………..that’s cool!!

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WHO LIVES……WHO DIES..??

Posted by tawodi on July 9, 2007


In today’s  world we see around us this question  every day.  We ask it and every day it seems we get an unacceptable answer, Or at least to me it is unacceptable.

A young felon tells the prison authorities he will kill again or rob again if released and sure enough kills three innocent people to prove he will……..should he now live??  A  drunk gets into a car for the twenty second time and kills  an entire family leaving one orphan…..should he now live?????  A woman  lets her car roll into a pond and kill her two sons as she watches because her illicit boyfriend doesn’t want kids……should she now live???  Two teenagers,  obvious in their alienation by their peers,  kill thirteen and then themselves…..should their parents now live????  Two innocent children playing on the street one is shot and crippled the other killed…… the perpetrator?….A fourteen year old misfit with three previous firearms convictions is on the street and was the shooter..

We turn on the death tube every night and see these things and what do we do….can you pass the potatoes please??

The Judges who continually release these animals to prey upon us,  do we do anything to them …..no we don’t,  they get to make whatever excuses they choose.  They are more brave,  clean and reverent,  than the rest of us I guess.

We live in an advanced technology I will not use the word society or civilization we are niether,  we are any thing but, civilized. When we accept the depredations of animals as a matter of course,  it is wrong,  When we accept the lame excuses of those who are sworn to defend us with the judicious application of the laws and then don’t because it is not politically expedient or is politically incorrect it’s time for a change. We are paying with our lives for the moral relativism of today……………It MUST stop.  The problem is terrible,  in that the only ones who can stop it,  don’t give a damn!!  WHO  ARE THEY,..  you scream!!   Lets throw them out!!!  Lets get tough,  and show them a lesson!!! 

O.K. here we go!! lets look at who they are!!  They’re the ones who don’t discuss politics it’s ickky!!  they’re the ones who don’t vote , they don’t care!!  They’re above all that political nonsense,  it doesn’t make any difference,  don’t ya know!!  They’re the ones who have kept a piece of sludge,  who let an innocent girl take three hours or more to suffocate to death,  rather than report an accident so the sorry piece of s*** wouldn’t lose his political career,  and now stands around and lectures us on morals  and compassionate behaviour.

A majority leader in the senate who tells us to do without as his land deals get shoved under the table amid calls for ever more investigations into the case that never was,  the Scooter Libby case,   lied?? THERE WAS NO CRIME TO LIE ABOUT YOU IDIOTS!!!!!

Day after day we watch the lamestream media finish each other’s sentences and don’t even notice it and when some body like me says hey wake up!!  Well,  I’m a hate filled,  angry,  middle aged,  white,  biggoted,  sexist,  homophobe,  redneck, ignorant,  blue collar,  Know  nothing!!!!   But God himself better show up at my trial for sexual harrasment,  because I told a girl at work she looked nice!!!   It’s re-education camp for me….Oh! I forgot,  they don’t call it that here,  it’s a sensativity seminar….believe that??? Try telling the Judge,  you ain’t goin’!!!  Do you poor deluded people see what you have let transpire in your absence from responsibility???  Hell is coming to breakfast!!!  It’s here,  all around you and you’ve been standing in line for two days,  waiting for your I phone……geees!

Have any of you ever watched,   I  mean,  REALLY,  watched American Idol??  Have you,  like me,  seen some of the poor pathetic wretches,  who think and then insist,  they have talent??  And then drag in their poor demented mothers or fathers to argue for them?? And they do!!  Or they walk off into the sunset,  convinced,  that they are Gods gift to the music industry,  cursing all the way. Do any of you out there realise how ill these people really are??  And the kicker is there’s nowhere to put them,  the liberals closed all the state hospitals in the seventies,  It will be beautifull if you just take your medi meds!!  Oh wow lets “mainstream” them!!  It will be wonderfull!!  Welcome to the world of the homeless, 70 percent of whom, are those described as incapable of caring for themselves. This I know personally I care for the homeless I know them intimately…..much better than Katie Couric or smarmy Matt Laur.  Ain’t it strange how we had homeless during Reagan,  Bush 1,  and none during Clinton and now SHAAZAAM !!   They’re baaAAAaaack!!!  Are we awake yet GOOD!!   Are you P.O’D. yet??  You should be,  but not at me,  I didn’t do it!!  Guess who!!  The very ones who say they don’t give a damn that’s who, the ones who don’t show up for the party just complain when they don’t get their cut of the action.

O.K. Rant over,  it was time to get that off my chest.  I know I’m not alone and must admit I don’t have many if any answers for these questions at least not by myself I don’t,  but if we just wake up it CAN change but you must WANT it to change.

That’s all for now….Rev.  Bruce…………………………………………………………………………………………Tawodi 

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